Classroom Aide




Abriendo Mentes
Playa Potrero
Guanacaste, Santa Cruz
Costa Rica


Abriendo Mentes is a nonprofit organization empowering communities in Guanacaste, Costa Rica through education. To learn more, please visit


The Classroom Aide is a support position to the English Teacher and/or Computer Teacher in after-school English and computer classes for preschool and 6th grade students. Classroom Aides work directly with the Teachers in Potrero or Brasilito, Guanacaste, Costa Rica and assist with the preparation and delivery of classes, as well as classroom management. The ideal candidate for this position is a friendly, positive and energetic person who takes pride in doing their job well; has experience with and a love of working with children who have learning and behaviour challenges; is creative and adaptable and has endless patience.


  • Attend all assigned English and Computer classes Monday-Friday.
  • Participate in ‘Fun Friday’, ‘Reading Time’, and ‘Homework Help’ activities with other volunteers.
  • Help prepare activities prior to class and clean up after class. 
  • Maintain an engaged presence in the classroom at all times.
  • Assist with test review sessions as scheduled.
  • Assist with lesson planning and trauma informed educational ‘Brain Breaks’ as requested.
  • Help maintain a clean and organized classroom and Youth English office space
  • Attend weekly all-staff meetings.
  • Assist with other tasks as assigned by the Site Directors or Country Director.
  • Attend and be on time for all classes, youth activities, and meetings.


  • Commitment of 3-6 months minimum highly desirable
  • Energetic and personable
  • Experience with trauma informed education an asset.
  • Experience working in a diverse classroom environment with mixed ages and varying levels an asset.
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to work well with a team of international volunteers.
  • Experience living or working abroad in a rural community in the Global South, preferably in Latin America, an asset.


  • Friendly, Kind and Compassionate
  • Creative and resourceful
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Approachable and personable
  • Organized, reliable and dependable
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Able to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with school-age children preferred
  • Intermediate Spanish language skills (minimum)
  • Positive attitude, Strong motivator


  • Living and working in a rural, isolated town.
  • Working with another culture in a bilingual setting.


Youth English Teacher and Site Director


Playa Potrero or Playa Brasilito, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.


September 1, 2018

All year 2019

*Please note, this is a volunteer position. Abriendo Mentes is not able to provide a living stipend at this time.


  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

To apply, please fill out an application found on our website: